BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 42 – Headline “Distress De-stressed”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

Psalm 42

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What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The benefit of waiting on the Lord
  • The stress of separation
  • Wait and see what the Lord can do

It is believed that David wrote this Psalm although attributed to the sons of Korah.


Psalms 42
Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation (Heb. Maschil) of the sons of Korah.

Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for (Lit. longs for) the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
  • As the hart pants for the (living) water, so my heart also pants for You.
  • Could this be when David’s men sneaked by the enemy to get water for David, only to have him pour it out as a drink offering?
Psalm 42:My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God (When shall I see the face of God)?
  • Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Psalm 42:My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”
Psalm 42:When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

As Jesus – Also David
Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Olive Oil is poured out when the Olive is pressed. Only Kings and Priests were anointed with olive oil. Both David and Jesus are Kings.

Psalm 42:Why are you cast down (Lit. bowed down), O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance. (The help of my countenance, my God)
Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill (Or Mount) Mizar.
  • Hermon in the North is the highest mountain in Israel while Mizar, nearby means “little hill” or “smallness” and is only mentioned in this Psalm.
 Psalm 42:Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

As Jonah – Also David

Jonah 2:For You cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the floods surrounded me;
All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight;
Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’

Psalm 42:The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.
Psalm 42:I will say to God my Rock,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
  • As Jesus … Also David
    Mark 15:34b “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
  • From “mourning to morning” the Son also Rises.

Psalm 42:10 As with a breaking (Lit. shattering) of my bones,
My enemies reproach (revile) me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

As Jesus … Also David
Matthew 27:40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

Psalm 42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help (Lit. salvation) of my countenance and my God.

David’s help is Jesus whose Hebrew name literally means “salvation”.

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